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"Animated Shorts" on Anime Network, H-B Toys, Lost "Captain Planet" Eps

The feature story of the latest “Animated Shorts” column on Newsarama.com focuses on ADV Films’ Anime Network, with comments by manager Stacy Slanina commenting on the network’s strategy and programming organization, the spread of the network as both a Video-on-Demand (VOD) service and a regular cable channel, and programming coming to the network in the […]

Mattel to Distribute "Barbie" and "Polly Pocket" DVDs Through Universal

Mattel has signed a multi-year deal with Universal Studios to market and distribute DVDs based on their Barbie and Polly Pocket toy lines. Universal was handling international distribution of the DVDs in the past, with Lionsgate handling domestic marketing and distribution.

Playlist Interviews Doug Bresler on Animated Podcasts

Playlist magazine has interviewed independent animator Doug Bresler about Doug Bresler’s Doogtoons, an animated podcast available from Apple’s iTunes Music Store. The interview covers Bresler’s decision to start in animation, the background of the Nick and Haig characters on the current show, and the tools he uses to make the podcast. Doogtoons will begin airing […]

"Finding Nemo" to Become Stage Musical

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Pixar’s Finding Nemo will be the next Disney film to be turned into a stage musical (registration required). The new stage show will be written by Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Along the Way) and is scheduled to debut at Walt Disney World in […]

"O.C." Animated Comic Coming to Verizon's V Cast

A team-up of Verizon Wireless, Warner Brothers, and Fox will bring an Atomic County animated comic series to Verizon Wireless customers. The series will be based on a comic book created by fictional character Seth Cohen from the TV show The O.C. A total of fourteen 3-minute animated shorts will be available, and subscribers to […]

"Popetown" Draws Fire from German Catholics

German Catholic groups are protesting the upcoming Popetown animated series to be shown on MTV’s German-language channel beginning on May 3. The series was originally developed for the BBC, which opted not to air the show because it was too controversial (see Toon Zone News’ earlier coverage). MTV has no plans to change its schedule.

"The Gremlins" Unite Dahl, Disney, and Dark Horse

The most recent Dark Horse Comics solicitation information lists a hardcover edition of The Gremlins, scheduled for release on September 13. The book was written by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and was to be produced as an animated film by Walt Disney before the project faltered and was shelved. The book has […]

Animation Writers Caught Between Two Unions

The Los Angeles Times covers a dispute between Thomas Short of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Patric M. Verrone of the Writer’s Guild of America, West (free registration required). At stake are the hearts and minds of a growing number of animation writers, whose numbers are growing as “the genre is booming […]

Great Walls Facing Disney's Entry into Chinese Market

An article in the Los Angeles Times notes the many obstacles that The Walt Disney Company faces in expanding its media presence into the relatively untapped market of mainland China (free registration required). The tight controls placed on the media by the government of China may present one of the biggest obstacles to Disney’s expansion […]

"Ice Age" Leads Box Office Again

Ice Age: The Meltdown led the pack in weekend movie ticket sales, with a gross take of $33.8 million to make it the first movie of 2006 to break $100 million in domestic ticket sales, according to an article off the wire at ABCNEWS.com. A related article in the Los Angeles Times (free registration required) […]

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